Kiyochika: The Ruthless Crusher

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: The Ruthless Crusher
Series: Long Live Japan: One Hundred Victories, One Hundred Laughs (Nihon banzai Hyakusen hyakushô)
Date: 1904

A giant Japanese hand descends from heaven to crush the Russian Naval base at Port Arthur, which is rendered here in soft pastels that suggest vulnerability. One of the best designs in the series, the complete translation can be found in Henry Smith II’s book on Kiyochika, page 112.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Literature: Pictured in Henry Smith’s book, pages 112.
Signature: Kiyochika